Six General Surgery Competencies

ACGME has implemented the requirement of six general competencies into the curriculum of all accredited programs. These competencies will be used as an evaluation tool for faculty evaluating residents on each rotation, the definition of each is outlined on the below:


1. Patient Care – Compassionate, appropriate and effective for treatment and prevention of disease.


2. Medical Knowledge – About established and evolving sciences and their application to patient care.


3. Interpersonal and Communication Skills – Effective information exchange and cooperative “learning”.


4. Professionalism – Commitment to professional responsibilities, ethical principles and sensitivity to diverse patient populations.


5. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement – Investigate and evaluate practice patterns and improve patient care.


6. Systems-Based Practice – Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care.